My Year in Books 2020

2020 was a very good year for me when it comes to reading. When everything else fails, I could (and still can) always bury myself in books. And man, did I need that last year! This is how I read a total of 114 books (according to Goodreads). Or 31,385 pages (which is an average of 275 pages per book). Actually a few more even because I also reread the whole Harry Potter series. Plus I started more books. I am a person who usually reads several books at the same time: a book on my commute, a book when I sit on the sofa, a book to fall asleep …

My favorite sources for books last year were:

  • the public library or rather their online service (I use the OverDrive app on my tablet) – always my first choice, but my library doesn’t have all books or I don’t always want to wait for weeks or even months until it is my turn to borrow a book
  • my Kindle Unlimited subscription – at this point they know exactly which books I like; because I read a vast amount of books, the monthly fee is absolutely worth it for me
  • my Book of the Month subscription* – this makes me read books I might not always reach for myself, plus I love to receive actual printed books – when I unbox them, these new books smell amazing

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Here is the long list of all the books I read in 2020, sorted by genre. I also have marked my favorite ones with a ★:

Cozy mystery

  1. Chocolate Cream Pie Murder
  2. Brownies and Bloodshed
  3. Strawberries and Sweet Lies
  4. Brides and Blades
  5. Murder and the Masterpiece
  6. The Poison in the Pie
  7. Silent Night and Deadly Flight
  8. Vanilla Bean Vengeance
  9. Coconut Layer Cake Murder
  10. The Hexorcist
  11. Witch Confidential
  12. Cocktails and Cowardice
  13. Sinfully Delicious
  14. Who, What, Where, When, Die ★
  15. If It Bleeds, It Leads
  16. Buried Leads
  17. Shot Off the Presses
  18. The Preditorial Page
  19. Misquoted and Demoted
  20. Headlines and Deadlines
  21. Misprints and Mistakes
  22. Bylines and Skylines
  23. Off the Record
  24. Unwritten and Underwater
  25. Extra! Extra! Dead All About It
  26. On Deadline and Under Fire
  27. Above the Fold and Below the Belt
  28. Oracles and Obituaries
  29. New Media and Old Grudges
  30. Mayhem and Mistletoe
  31. Witcher Upper
  32. Curse a Brew Streak
  33. Sprinkled
  34. Caffeinated Calamity
  35. Black Cherry Betrayal
  36. Coconut Milk Casualty
  37. Rose Petal Revenge
  38. Dropping Like Pies
  39. Christmas Cupcake Murder
  40. Murder on Cape Cod
  41. Apple Die ★
  42. Witch is the New Black
  43. The Agatha Frost Winter Anthology: 5 Festive Cozy Mystery Short Stories


  1. A Threat of Shadows
  2. Pursuit of Shadows
  3. Siege of Shadows
  4. Ninth House
  5. A Keeper’s Tale: The Story of Tomkin and the Dragon ★
  6. The Secret Commonwealth ★
  7. Wicked Never Sleeps
  8. Wicked Long Nights
  9. Wicked State of Mind
  10. Wicked Moon Rising
  11. Wicked All the Way
  12. Wicked Twist of Fate
  13. Wicked Ever After

Young adult

  1. Elanus
  2. Blue Voyage
  3. Nocturna – Die Nacht der gestohlenen Schatten
  4. The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm
  5. The Selection
  6. The Elite
  7. The One
  8. The Heir
  9. The Crown
  10. Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven
  11. Harley Merlin and the Mystery Twins
  12. Harley Merlin and the Stolen Magicals
  13. Harley Merlin and the First Ritual
  14. Harley Merlin and the Broken Spell
  15. Harley Merlin and the Cult of Eris
  16. Harley Merlin and the Detector Fix
  17. Harley Merlin and the Challenge of Chaos
  18. Harley Merlin and the Mortal Pact
  19. Betrayal High
  20. The Tower of Nero
  21. These Violent Delights ★
  22. Relic
  23. Shadow Weaver

Children’s book

  1. Vorstadtkrokodile
  2. Der satanarchäolügenialkohöllische Wunschpunsch ★
  3. Bill of the Black Hand ★
  4. The Worst Witch
  5. The Worst Witch Strikes Again
  6. A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch
  7. The Worst Witch at Sea
  8. The Worst Witch Saves the Day
  9. The Worst Witch to the Rescue
  10. The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star
  11. Quintus geht nach Rom

All other novels

  1. Crazy Rich Asians
  2. Ruhm
  3. Der Schimmelreiter
  4. Der Nasse Fisch (crime)
  5. The Vanishing Half (historical fiction) ★
  6. In Case You Missed It (romance)
  7. Jurassic Park (science fiction) ★
  8. The Space Between Worlds (science fiction) ★


  1. How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease ★
  2. The Longevity Diet: Discover the New Science Behind Stem Cell Activation and Regeneration to Slow Aging, Fight Disease, and Optimize Weight
  3. Lifespan: Why We Age—and Why We Don’t Have To
  4. Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude
  5. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking ★
  6. Influencer: Building Your Personal Brand in the Age of Social Media
  7. Go Green, Live Rich: 50 Simple Ways to Save the Earth and Get Rich Trying
  8. Concentration: Maintain Laser Sharp Focus and Attention for Stretches of 5 Hours or More
  9. Mindfulness: How to Declutter Your Mind, Eliminate Negative Thinking and Create Inner Peace with NLP Techniques, Emotional Intelligence and Minimalism
  10. How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division
  11. The Art Of Saying NO: How To Stand Your Ground, Reclaim Your Time And Energy, And Refuse To Be Taken For Granted (Without Feeling Guilty!)
  12. Charisma on Command: Inspire, Impress, and Energize Everyone You Meet


  1. Turkish Cuisine: A Cookbook of Authentic Recipes from Turkey
  2. Turkish Recipes!: A Turkish Cookbook with Kitchen Tested Turkish Recipes
  3. Super Easy Vegan Cheese Cookbook: 70 Delicious Plant-Based Cheeses
  4. Mediterranean Every Day: Simple, Inspired Recipes for Feel-Good Food

How many books did you  read in 2020? Which ones do you highly recommend?

© janavar

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